Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and they each have their own character, which is great news. This fact means that there is a dog out there that will suit you, your family, and the way you live your life.
However, it also means that you have to be careful if you are planning on getting a family pet. The fact that dogs are so different from each other means that if you do not do your research you can just as easily end up with a pet that drives you, and everyone else in the family, nuts. I have seen the heartache and stress that owning the wrong kind of dog can bring, which is why I have written this short guide to help you to choose the right family pet for you, and your kids.
All puppies, no matter what breed, are a bundle of energy. For the first few months, you need eyes in the back of your head. Handling them is tricky because the moment you look away your new puppy will be up to mischief. You just need to recognise this fact and be ready to deal with it.
However, once the dog has grown up energy levels vary greatly. If you are an active family that spends a lot of time outside, a dog that requires a lot of exercise could suit you perfectly. But, that same dog could prove a nightmare for a family that likes to spend time going to the theatre rather than outside. Therefore, you need to do your research and make sure you choose a dog whose needs fit in with the way you live your life.
Owning a dog is costly. Unfortunately, there is no way around this. You will have to find the cash to pay for a lifetime of vaccinations, food and parasite control. In addition, you will inevitably end up paying some vet fees to keep your pet happy and healthy. If you are on a tight budget buying a large dog that requires a lot of food is not a good idea, nor is buying a breed of dog that is prone to costly health issues.
Do you have the space?
You also need to think about how much space your dog is going to need. If you live in a small property with a small garden, a big breed is not a good option.
The character of the dog you choose is another important consideration. If your family life is chaotic, and you live in a noisy home, a timid nervy dog is not going to fit in well. You would be better off with a confident breed that is not easily phased. You can find out more about the characteristics of the various breeds here.
Where to find out more
You can find out more about owning and looking after puppy at www.douglashallkennels.co.uk. A well-respected breeder that has been successfully matching owners with puppies, for decades, runs this site. The additional advice you will find on this website is dependable, clearly presented and practical.